Update, June 9, 8:52 pm:

And for another example of the deliberate, appalling cruelty in separating asylum-seeking immigrant parents from their terrified young children for which Donald Trump, the president of the United States of America, is solely and ultimately responsible, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash) advises on June 9 that women at an immigration detention center in her state who were forcibly separated from their children while seeking asylum have no idea where their children have been taken or are being held.


This again recalls the horrors of family separation under another regime within the past century which history will never forget as long as the human race continues to exist (which might be a lot shorter than we are used to expecting because of Trump's climate change denial policies - but that is admittedly beyond the scope of this blog).

To be sure, we do not have barbed wire and gas chambers in this country, and there is no reason to think that we ever will. Trump is not another Hitler, or anywhere near.

But the suicide of the Honduran father and the unspeakable anguish of the immigrant mothers separated from their young children for exercising a right which they have been granted under US law - namely the right to make a claim to asylum and have it given due consideration - show that there are other forms of cruelty and sadism against innocent people who have the "wrong" skin color or speak the "wrong" language which are now becoming the order of the day in Donald Trump's America.

My earlier, slightly revised, comments follow:

Update, June 9, 11:47 am:

The Washington Post reports on June 9 that a Honduran father who applied for asylum at the US border together with his wife and child has committed suicide in detention after being separated from them. See, Nick Miroff:

A family was separated at the border, and this distraught father took his own life

For a direct link to the WP story, see The Hill:


And Donald Trump is blaming this latest result of his own program of deliberate mental torture being carried out against immigrants who are exercising their right to present asylum claims at the border under our law, merely because he doesn't like that law, on the Democrats?

My original comment follows:

In yet another example of Trump's borrowing from the classic dictators' playbook of using the Big Lie in order to stir up hatred against targeted minorities and score points against opponents who stand in the way of taking absolute power, Donald Trump, on June 8, once against blamed the Democrats for his own inhuman policy of tearing crying, screaming young children away from their parents at the US border.

Talking about his own policy, Trump said, according to msnbc.com:

"I don't like the children being separated from the parents. I don't like it. I hate it. But that's a Democrat bill that we're enforcing."


Since there is obviously no law requiring US officials to separate immigrant children from their parents at the US border, what could Trump possibly mean when he refers to a "Democrat bill" allegedly forcing him to engage in this barbaric practice (which recalls thousands of young Jewish children who were separated from their parents while escaping to avoid being murdered by the Nazis along with them, as I have discussed in a previous comment)?

As the same msnbc.com article points out, the "Democrat bill" that Trump is apparently referring to is the 2008 Wilberforce anti-trafficking law, which requires the US to provide asylum hearings to children who show up at the US border (with or without their parents) with a credible claim to be fleeing from Central American gang violence.

This law, far from requiring children to be separated from their parents, mandates that they be placed in the "least restrictive setting" while their cases are processed. The law was passed with the overwhelming support of both parties and was signed by Republican president George W. Bush. That doesn't qualify as a "Democrat Bill" for anyone who has even the slightest regard for the truth.

The point of mentioning this latest example of Trump's use of the Big Lie strategy is not just to engage in a routine "gotcha" exercise on a president who has been accused by media fact-checkers of having made over 3,000 false statements on immigration and many other policy issues since taking office.


The point is that, as modern history has shown, use of the Big Lie, ever since, if not long before, Hitler proposed this strategy in Mein Kampf, has been a classic path to overthrowing democracy and assuming dictatorial power used by tyrants the world over.

Using the Big Lie is particularly dangerous when applied to a particular law or legal provision. Making up non-existent laws or wildly and deliberately misrepresenting existing ones is a direct attack on the rule of law itself.

What is the point of having laws or a legal system at all if a leader in a position of great power such as the US president is free to make up his own ones based on pure fantasy at any time and for any purpose that he chooses? In that case, the only real law becomes the dictates of the president, or, as they used to say in Germany, the Will of the Fuehrer.

Every time that Donald Trump tells yet another Big Lie about immigration law or policy, he is taking America farther along that road.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law